Story: Oil and gas



This sandstone outcrop at the mouth of the Whanganui Inlet in Golden Bay is known by geologists as Farewell Formation. Highly porous and permeable, it is an ideal reservoir rock for oil and gas. These types of rock have been successfully tapped in Taranaki, and oil and gas have been extracted from them.

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Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, 'Oil and gas - How oil and gas form', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Roger Gregg and Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006